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Fabric ideas for jacket collar & cuffs?

Elisabeth | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I am making a silk duppioni jacket in a deep red that I would like to put black collar and cuffs on and possibly bound buttonholes. This is a practice run to get my rusty sewing skills smoother and enjoy some risk free discovery learning. And to try out a non-big 4 pattern. It is the Maia Jacket by La Fred and I am using leftover duppioni. I have looked and looked for a suitable contrast fabric but nothing looks right. I am trying for a “daytime” look and wishfully in a natural fiber fabric. Does anyone possibly have any ideas?

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  1. kayl | | #1

    Backside of a silk crepe? Sandwashed silk?

    1. ShannonG4d | | #2

      How about a hankie linen?  You'll have some stability with that, and the weight would be right.

      Shannon

  2. mem1 | | #3

    What about putting a diagonal grid of pin ticks stitched in black and perhaps a french knot at each intersection? you could use twin needles and run a wavey pattern or straight lines of top stitching?

    1. Elisabeth | | #4

      That's a yummy idea. An out of the ordinary texture seems to call. I have been so stumped by this practice project, it is ridiculous! Sometimes I think feathers even. The earlier suggestions are great and if I had found those fabrics locally I probably would have let things be simple. I have some black silk organza which could work over black cotton, still a little plain. I wonder if I could "texturize" the organza.

      1. Barbaran8 | | #5

        Smock the black silk organza for texture, but line it with the red so the texture of the black smocked fabric shows against the contrast?

        1. Elisabeth | | #6

          I am enjoying the images that are coming to mind while the project rests on the shelf. Smocking is something I have never done, I do like the three dimensional thought, though, so it might be time to try my hand at it. Thanks!

          1. CTI | | #7

            That will be one beautiful jacket with no added extras! BUT, a couple of ideas came to mind and aside from all the other wonderful ones you've gotten and have inspired me, pleating or ruching struck me - being a bit easier than smocking in my limited experience with each technique.

            Making the cuffs or portions of them detachable or reversible also seems to be a realistic way to change from business to an evening out. One other thing to dress it up is suspend a chain from each cuff button and tack it at the seam with a matching pin. It can be one of those pearls on fishing line necklaces for a dollar where you only see the beads and a post earring, or an antique necklace that dangles a cameo (out of the way of your soup!) and a clip earring. I've done it before but only on one cuff to draw away attention from the cuff that was missing a covered button. You can add a scarf or two to the mix also.

            The other reason I suggest removeable cuffs is that they have to take a lot of wear. Even removeable buttons could make a big difference. Whatever you do it will be perfect I just know it :)

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